Chippewa Indians Run Four-Day Relay Race for Sobriety
A four day spiritual run in celebration of sobriety kicked off this morning at 10 a.m. at the Red Lake Reservation in North Central Minnesota and will end at the Fond du Lac Reservation in Northeastern Minnesota on Friday evening.
Runners are welcome to join the 200-mile relay-style race August 2-5 at any time, or meet up with runners along their journey to cheer them on. The race will conclude at the Mash-ka-wisen Treatment Center in Sawyer, Minnesota. The residential treatment center provides help for recovery from chemical dependency.
To join the spiritual run for sobriety, supported by the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians and the the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, check out the schedule for the Spiritual Run to Mash-ka-wisen (an Obijwe word meaning "to be strong, accept help"):
10:00 a.m. 10:30 Opening ceremony and smudging of staffs at the Chemical health program at Red Lake
10:30 Depart to Leech Lake Veterans Memorial Grounds
5:00 p.m Arrive at Leech Lake for feasting and camping
9:00 a.m Smudging and morning blessing
9:30 Depart to Itasca Fair Grounds Grand Rapids
3:00 p.m. Arrive at Grand Rapids for picnic and camping
9:00 a.m. Smudge and morning ceremony
9:30 Depart to Floodwood Minnesota
5:00 p.m. Arrive at floodwood and return to Itasca Park
1:30 p.m. Smudging and ceremony
2:00 Depart to Mash ka wisen
7:30 p.m. Arrive at celebration
For more information, contact Tom Barrett at Chemical Health programs: 218-679-3392, Michaela Richey with the Red Lake urban office in Duluth: 218-624-4418, or Gary Charwood with the Leech Lake Youth Division at 218-335-3725.